First up, thanks to everyone who came by at Ottawa Comicon to say hello and chat about Gutters! It’s always great to see you folks out there and I can’t wait to do it again at our next show!
Second, please give a warm welcome to our new Lord of Letters, Dave Sharpe!
Thirdly, there was a time when you practically couldn’t work in comics without an exclusive deal of some kind. I thought those days were behind us, but when we got word that Sam Humphries had gone exclusive with Marvel, I guess these deals still exist.
There’s an up and a down side to an Exclusive contract. On the up side, it ensures that your competition doesn’t get to benefit from certain creator’s talents. It also ensures, presumeably, that said creator will have some kind of guarenteed income (a rarity in comics as many will tell you). The down side is that you now have to take a talent like Sam Humphries who thinks way outside the box and fit him into the slate of characters and talent that you’ve already got. Because regardless, he still gets paid.
With all that said though, I do think this is a great move for Marvel. I’ve enjoyed Humphries’ work from BOOM like his CBGB and Fanboys Vs Zombies books, as well as his Ultimate work for Marvel. Star-Lord seems like a good fit for him, so we’ll just have to see what happens.
Oh yeah, he wrote a book about f$&king dogs once too. But it was a social commentary, satire kind of thing. So, there’s that.
Today’s page comes to us from the ever-wonderful Richard Clark:
Born in a crossfire hurricane (actually Cleveland, OH), Richard P. Clark’s illustration career began in 1993 while still an undergraduate at The Columbus College of Art and Design. Since then, he’s worked for a wildly varied list of clients in several industries-among them HBO, Playboy, The Wall Street Journal and Alcoholics Anonymous. He’s been finding work again in the Comic Industry, including a recent job for Dark Horse providing finishes over Darick Robertson’s breakdowns for The Guild-Vork comic. He’s hoping this recent turn into the comic lane sticks as there are literally scores of stories he’d like to unleash on the world. Mr. Clark currently resides in Upstate NY after a 10-year tour of duty in Brooklyn with his wife, daughter and a goofy dog named Barnaby.
Have a great week, friends! See you back here Friday!